How To Create A Cosmic Floral Line Drawing

design team - julie drawing Nov 30, 2021
How to create a floral line drawing

If you’re searching for a way to spice up your floral line drawings, then look no further! Today we are going to create a colorful Cosmic Floral Line Drawing. I can’t wait to share it with you!

I’m Julie (@harp_and_crow on Instagram) and I can’t wait to share this project with you. I am going to walk you through it step-by-step. I can’t wait to see what you create! Let’s get started!






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Step 1: Florals!




For this tutorial, we are going to be riffing off of some florals from Peggy Dean’s famed Botanical Line Drawing. (If you’re following along in your book, it’s pages 29 and 131.) Feel free to use a pencil to sketch these out first, or just wing it like yours truly.



Have you exhausted every page of the Botanical Line Drawing but are still looking for some more inspiration? Have a look at this Peggy's gem - Botanical Line Drawing: Cactus & Succulent Edition by Peggy Dean




We are going to be building this piece up from the lower right hand corner of your sheet of watercolor paper. If you’d like a guideline, use a pencil to draw a diagonal from the bottom left corner up to the upper right corner. We are going to be (loosely) keeping everything on the bottom portion.

Using your 05 monoline pen, draw your first flower like it is facing toward the upper left corner. Start with the two petals closest to you and then one more on each side of those. Draw one petal peaking out from the back. Remember to leave these shapes loose and organic. Repeat those steps for your second flower slightly below the first.



Draw two long stems down to the right corner of the paper. These will be slight c-curve shapes. Add two long, pointy leaves to each stem. 



Next, use your 03 monoline pen to add some accent lines to your leaves and florals. Draw vertical lines from bottom to top on each petal of your flower. Just follow the general shape of the petal.

Draw one line down the center of the leaves that are on your stems. Add multiple lines down the center of the other leaves to add a little variation.

If you used a pencil, erase your pencil lines now. It’s time for paint! 



Step 2: Paint!



Using your purple and blue watercolors, paint two loose circles over the center of the stems. Use plenty of paint and water for this step.



The next part, which is my personal favorite, is to grab your small water sprayer and spritz along the outside of the painted circles. Your paint will move towards the water, and you can use your brush to move it along. Add more watercolor as needed and remove excess water with your paper towel. Repeat spraying, painting and dabbing with the paper towel until the paint creates a background for most of your florals. The key to this step is to let the colors fade out around the edges. There will be no harsh lines.



Next, add some splatter to your painting by saturating your brush in one of your watercolors and lightly tapping it on your index finger. This part can get messy but I promise it’s worth it!

Allow your painting to completely dry before moving on to the next step.



Step 3: Embellish and Enjoy!



Use your white gel pen to add small dots around the painted portion of the piece. This is a completely optional step, but it does give it that final cosmic touch! You can also use white paint and splatter the same way you did above.



And that’s it! You have created a colorful, cosmic floral line drawing! If you try out this tutorial, please let me know! Tag me on Instagram at @harp_and_crow so that I can see your beautiful work. Thank you for creating with me today!


Julie is a self-taught artist living in Central California with her husband & three daughters. She rekindled her love of art during the most trying years of early motherhood and has found a passion for helping others ignite their creative spark. Check out more of Julie's tutorials here!


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